It seemed like the natural thing to do. Cindy Essler first moved into the role as president of the Livingston County Town Clerks Association two years ago. She began her career as Nunda town clerk eight years ago with an added assignment – the post of vice president of the Livingston County Town Clerks Association.

It seemed like the natural thing to do. Cindy Essler first moved into the role as president of the Livingston County Town Clerks Association two years ago. She began her career as Nunda town clerk eight years ago with an added assignment – the post of vice president of the Livingston County Town Clerks Association.


“They made me,” she said with a smile, but added it was a good thing to be able to jump right in off the bat.


Many of the other clerks who had been with the Association for many years had already paid their dues, she said, and it was a way for the next generation of town clerks  to take on responsibilities. Sandra Bean, Groveland town clerk, is the Association’s vice president.


“She is very meticulous, she’s wonderfully detail orientated and is constantly bringing forth new ideas and new things for us to try to bring to the whole group,” Essler said of Bean.


The Association meets every-other month with some exceptions – such as meeting both September and October for a two-part session on archiving.


“It’s a really good organization for all the town clerks because if one person finds something out, we share it with everybody,” she said.


Learning and sharing information is the general purpose for the Association. “We try to incorporate in our meetings some kind of education.”


Essler’s role as president is to organize the meetings and bring information to the clerks, which means often finding speakers for meetings. The meetings are conducted in different towns and different locations each month.


Goals for her second two-year term include making the changeover in dog licensing more uniform throughout the county, such as getting a unified database for the towns to use rather than a seperate database for each town. Plus, incorporating a web-based tax collection system with every town in the county; and to developing a more congruent record-keeping system within the county.